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A Diagnosis of Sin and a Healing Remedy

May 17, 2016 2 Comments
A Diagnosis of Sin and a Healing Remedy

There is a reading in daily Mass this week (Tuesday of the 7th Week of the year) in which James masterfully sets forth a fundamental aspect of our struggle against sin. He speaks of our disordered passions and double-minded ways. He assesses our problems and then offers solutions. The text from the Letter of James […]

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Five Images of the Holy Spirit from Scripture

May 16, 2016 7 Comments
Five Images of the Holy Spirit from Scripture

One of the quirks of the post-conciliar liturgy is that the octave of Pentecost was dropped. Generally, the post-conciliar age has tried to emphasize the gifts and works of the Holy Spirit, so eliminating the octave of Pentecost is quite paradoxical. The Feast of Pentecost ranks right up there with Easter and the Nativity, both […]

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A Short Consideration of the Sequence Hymn for Pentecost

May 15, 2016 2 Comments
A Short Consideration of the Sequence Hymn for Pentecost

There are several feasts of the Church during which a “sequence” hymn may be sung. The sequence hymn is sung just before the Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation). The feasts with sequence hymns are these: Easter – Victimae Paschali Laudes (To the Paschal Victim give praise) Pentecost – Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit) Corpus Christi – […]

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The Spirit of the Lord Filled the Earth – A Homily for Pentecost

May 14, 2016 4 Comments
The Spirit of the Lord Filled the Earth – A Homily for Pentecost

What a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to Apostles, and still says to us, I have come to cast a fire on the earth (Luke 12:49). This is […]

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Time Can Be Tricky, As Seen in a Humorous Commercial

May 13, 2016 0 Comments
Time Can Be Tricky, As Seen in a Humorous Commercial

The video below plays humorously with the notion of time. In some ways time is something very specific (e.g., “It’s 2:09 P.M.”) while in other ways it is rather vague (e.g., “That sermon went on for hours!” or “Time flies!”) The ancient Greeks had several words concerning time, including chronos, kairos, and aeon. Chronos refers […]

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A Meditation on Being Overwhelmed

May 12, 2016 3 Comments
A Meditation on Being Overwhelmed

The first video at the bottom of this post presents a portrait of a man who is simply overwhelmed. He can’t seem to live up to expectations, neither those that are self-imposed nor those that are imposed by others. One of the paradoxes of our time (at least in the West) is that we have […]

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Mind your Mind! A Reflection on the Battleground of the Mind

May 11, 2016 3 Comments
Mind your Mind! A Reflection on the Battleground of the Mind

In the Gospel for Mass yesterday (Wednesday after Ascension), the Lord said that the world would hate and persecute the disciples and He thus prayed that we would be consecrated in the truth. In the first reading, St. Paul warned the presbyters that after his departure “savage wolves” would seek to mislead the faithful. We […]

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Justice and Mercy Are Alike for God

May 10, 2016 3 Comments
Justice and Mercy Are Alike for God

I recently prepared a talk to present to a group of lawyers on the relationship between justice and mercy. The following is a summary of the basic points: I. Distinctions – From our perspective as humans, we tend to distinguish sharply between justice and mercy. For us, justice is the rendering to each person what […]

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